World’s Strongest Man

World’s Strongest Man

Keith Gladstone is an osteopath and sport scientist. He is consultant osteopath to the England Rugby team and his company Athletic Health Ltd supply the medical team at the Worlds strongest man competition each year. Here is a short blog of his experiences at this years competition: For many, Christmas and new years are synonymous with three things; Presents, Turkey and the worlds strongest man competition being aired on TV. Each year, 30 of the strongest men on the planet gather in an exotic location, in the ultimate battle of strength. Its the World Cup or the Olympic final of Strength Sport, and one man a year walks away with the title of “The Worlds Strongest Man”. The competition takes place over 2 weeks and is actually filmed in April/May and then aired at various times throughout the year across the world. The competition comprises multiple events which test not only strength and power but also stamina, skill, strategy and fitness. The 30 athletes are split into 5 heats of 6 people. Each heat compete over 6 events in 4 days and the top 2 athletes from each event then progress onto the final. The athletes don’t know what events they will be competing in until about 2 weeks before the competition so they are not able to prep too specifically. There are some events that are always present…the atlas stones, a vehicle pull, a carry and load event, but the specifics are only identified very close to the event. This means the athletes have to prepare for everything and can’t specialise in one particular lift or event. This...
RockTape Research Review 2018

RockTape Research Review 2018

The popularity of kinesiology tape, or coloured sports tape, increased dramatically following the 2008 Olympics and has remained popular amongst athletes participating in many different sports including, running, cycling and crossfit. More recently the tape has become increasingly popular as a treatment adjunct for more sedentary patients attending musculoskeletal clinics for the treatment of common ‘aches and pains’ Tape is also proving beneficial for patients suffering from neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and parkinsons disease as some specific examples. The debate about the clinical efficacy of kinesiology tape is continuing but has somewhat simmered down since we first started teaching. Having said this there are some practitioners who cling to out-dated theories about the purported benefits of kinesiology tape, despite many of these theories having very little evidence behind them. As an example – Tape (probably) does not cause a direct increase blood flow from simply applying it to the skin. This is one of the early claims of Kinesiology Taping which has not been supported by any evidence. At Rocktape we are committed to furthering the body of scientific knowledge of the effects of kinesiology tape and demonstrating scientifically the positive benefits that we see clinically every day. We are actively supporting many studies that are currently being completed around the world, and we promote “evidence –informed” education in our courses worldwide. We liaise with a number of researchers around the UK and further afield to keep abreast of the latest research, even before its gets published. If you are involved with or aware of any research please let us know. Research evidence The literature...
RockTape and Stick Mobility Theatre at COPA

RockTape and Stick Mobility Theatre at COPA

Conference season kicks off with a big bang next month as RockTape & Stick Mobility take over their own theatre at COPA in London. The COPA series is one of Europe’s biggest events for therapists and this year it will be even bigger as it runs alongside Elite Sports Expo and Elevate. We have put together an exciting schedule of lively presentations and demonstrations which I’m personally very excited to watch or participate in. I cant really suggest any highlights because EVERY session is unique and a highlight! Just make sure you don’t miss the ones of most interest to you. Click the image to the left see a larger version of the schedule. View the schedule here and you can reserve your place here. Please come and visit us, say hello, ask some questions and try out the new Sticks. See you soon Daniel Education...
RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce the RockTape Blister Kit. Produced with the stickiest kinesiology tape in the world, each kit contains 14 pre-cut strips, in three different sizes – designed to prevent hotspots from turning into blisters, protect blisters from further irritation, and stop chafing.* The incredible stick and stretch of RockTape kinesiology tape makes it the ideal material to protect skin from painful friction. Its unique adhesive and low-profile allows it to be worn for days under socks, shoes and shirts without shifting or peeling. “As a roll, our tape is versatile, but not necessarily easy to use outdoors,” says Simon Bunyard, Director at RockTape UK. “We’re always impressed with the novel ways our customers use our tape, and this blister pack is another natural extension of a common tape application made to become even more convenient.” The breathable, water resistant patches come in three different sizes: four 25cm strips (designed for entire backpack strap coverage), six 15cm strips (for arms), and four 7cm strips (for ankles, heels, hands and toes). RockTape Blister Kits will retail at £8.99 Find them on our online store here. *RockTape Blister Kits are not intended to treat open sores or...
RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) patch designed to move with the human body. Perfect for active individuals and children, these new patches are made from the same strong, flexible and hypoallergenic fabrics and adhesives as RockTape kinesiology tape. The new RockTape CGM patches are offered in three different styles and come with 15 pre-cut patches per pack, each specially fitted for Dexcom G4 and G5 sensors. Millions of patients (and over one million diabetics) use wearable sensors each day to improve their quality of life, and securing their devices tends to be an extra hassle. Most medical tapes are irritating, rigid and inflexible, and therefore many CGM wearers prefer RockTape patches to adhere their devices to their skin. RockTape is stretchy, less irritating and stay on longer than other CGM adhesives. The water repellent cotton and nylon fabric features 180% elasticity–mimicking the elasticity of skin–to prevent peeling with human movement. The zinc and latex-free adhesive offers a hypoallergenic alternative to competitive brands, with less likelihood of irritation. Each 4” patch is designed to secure CGMs for as long as seven days, even through daily showers and exercise. “People have been cutting their own RockTape to secure their CGM devices since we started making tape in 2009,” states Cullen Maroney, Product Manager at RockTape. “We pre-cut three other tape SKUs, so this step was long overdue and a practical move for us.” RockTape CGM Patches are available direct from RockTape...

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